1. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising.
All dealt with elsewhere on the agenda.
2. Treasurer’s report
Colin A reported that the Trust’s total balance stands at £28,840.66 including net funds available of £28,752.66. All funds apart from £357.17 are placed in savings accounts. The £15,000 currently in the term deposit has earned interest of £104.79 to April 31. The Trust’s only creditor is an as yet uncashed cheque for last season’s Prediction League. £21.40 was received from Easyfundraising on May 29. The Trust’s registered address has now been changed with the FCA and all other relevant bodies.
A large number of memberships are due for renewal as usual around the start of the season. Bill will send out reminders and update the membership pack.
4. Future Trust events
a. Cricket match
Churchtown CC have put together a very comprehensive schedule for the cricket match in memory of Phil Carder and the Trust thanks them for their extensive work in organising the event. There is now a full XI to represent the Trust on the day and the Trust will pay the £10 on behalf of every player in the team which has been requested by Churchtown towards the running costs. Martin will contact Churchtown to finalise the arrangements. Bill and Alan J will be there at the start of the event to meet with Churchtown and the Trust players, and other board members will be there throughout the day.
The first training session for the fans’ team took place last Sunday and further sessions are planned every fortnight in the lead-up to the reunion match. Thanks to Richard Brodie, the manager of the fans’ team, for putting together an engaging and very professional session, and for taking on the role with such enthusiasm. Event tickets for fans to attend the reunion are now being sold and interest remains high from supporters and players. Plans for the day itself are taking shape and Colin and Alan J will finalise the remaining arrangements. Bill will order medals to present to both teams as a memento of the day.
c. Other events
Dates for the planned schedule of events to cover the whole season and overseen by Noel will be arranged once the fixtures are released at the start of July.
5. Other Trust activities
a. Next meeting / coach travel
The main item on the agenda at the next members’ meeting on June 23 will be coach travel. The idea behind this is to give members an input into ways coach travel can be improved for the coming season. The meeting will be designed for regular and occasional users of the Trust coach and fans who attend away games without travelling on the coach to make suggestions for how changes can be made with next season in mind. The meeting is open to all members and those thought to have a particular interest in coach travel will be contacted directly and invited to attend. Members who are unable to attend the meeting can e-mail suggestions to Martin. Coach travel will be the first item on the agenda. As usual, tenders will be sent out to local coach companies for the coming season and Martin is in the process of making initial contact.
b. Next match signs
Martin has contacted Haydn Preece, who advises that he would like the Trust to continue with the next match signs. It is felt that improvements could be made on the current signs as the display is not the most visible. Enquiries will be made in relation to improving the display of the signs or, alternatively, using posters to advertise future matches.
c. Ben Highton sponsored run
Sponsorships are being received for Ben’s half-marathon on July 4 to raise funds for the Trust. Ben will be invited to the next members’ meeting. Fans can donate online or at the next meeting. Representatives from the Trust will attend to support Ben on the day.
Progress with the memorial wall is ongoing and it is now intended that the wall will begin by remembering Phil Carder and Sally Devine.
6. Any other business
Martin will attend the Supporters Direct Members’ Day on July 17. Trust member Nicola Hudson has recently started work for Supporters Direct and will be invited to one of the Trust’s next meetings.
7. Next meeting
June 23 (members).